Alignment of Your Heart with God

Nurturing a Heart Aligned with God

DAILY DEVOTIONS

9/25/2023

Alignment of Your Heart with God

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:21

In our journey of faith, we often hear that our desires stem from the heart. The condition of our heart profoundly affects our thoughts, actions, and ultimately, our relationship with God. When our heart aligns with God's will, our desires become pure and righteous. However, when our desires are not aligned with God, they can lead us astray, becoming sinful distractions in our lives.

Our desires come from our hearts and guide what we do and who we become. But when we don't follow what God teaches, our desires can lead us in the wrong direction. The Bible tells us in James 1:15, "Desire gives birth to sin, and sin leads to death." To avoid this dangerous path, we should regularly check our desires and make sure they match up with what God wants for us.

Let’s consider, some questions; What desires have we allowed to take root in our hearts? Is our heart aligned with God's purpose, just as Jesus lived a life of perfect alignment with the Father's will? Are we filling our hearts with fleeting worldly desires, or are we prioritizing God's eternal plan?

Let’s see a powerful story from the New Testament; this story illustrating the significance of the heart can be found in Matthew 26:36-42. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus, facing the weight of His impending crucifixion, prayed fervently. His heart was in turmoil, but His ultimate desire was for God's will to be done, even if it meant the cross. He prayed, "Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."

Throughout the Bible, the alignment of the heart with God's will is a recurring theme. The Old Testament encourages us in Proverbs 3:5-6 to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." This guidance is echoed in the New Testament as well.

We can see Jesus, the ultimate example, demonstrated perfect alignment with God's will during His earthly ministry. He humbled Himself, becoming a servant to humanity, fulfilling God's plan for salvation. He even asked Peter about his heart in John 21:15-17, Jesus' conversation with Peter in this is a profound illustration of how God seeks to align our hearts with His purposes. It teaches us that our love for God should translate into a genuine commitment to serving and caring for others. Just as Jesus met Peter where he was, He meets us, guiding us towards a deeper alignment with His divine plan.

The key question is, where are we in our journey as followers of Christ? we must ask ourselves if we are adopting the same pattern. Are we willing to surrender our own will and desires, just as Jesus did, in favor of God's perfect will? This alignment with God's purpose not only ensures that our lives are in harmony with His divine plan but also empowers us to be effective instruments of His love and grace in a world that often strays from His path.

In our life's circumstances, we must continually evaluate our hearts. Are we cultivating a Christ-like heart that submits to God's will, or are we entangled in earthly desires? Remember that worldly desires are temporary, but aligning with God fulfills our eternal purpose.

Here's a simple yet powerful reminder; It can be tough to be more like God in our hearts. We often get distracted, tempted, and busy with life. But in the Bible, Mark 14:38 says, "Be alert and pray so you won't be tempted. Your spirit wants to do good, but your body can be weak." To stay on the right path, we need to pray every day, read the Word of God daily, and fasting can help us maintain alignment with God's will. These actions help us become more like God’s character and do what He wants us to do.

In a world where many people chase after becoming millionaires, it's important to keep Jesus' teachings in mind. His words can bring us peace and help us think the way He did. Our top goal should be to do what God wants, just like Jesus did. Our Savior, Jesus gave us a mission of sharing the good news with the world. Are we completely following Him in this mission? Our main purpose of life should be to do what our Savior wants.

Let’s pray. Heavenly Father, we come before you with humble hearts, recognizing our need to align ourselves with your perfect will. Help us, Lord, to examine our desires and to surrender them to you. May our hearts be like that of Jesus, ready to say, "Not my will, but yours be done." In all circumstances, help us to be a light in this world, spreading your good news and living out your purpose for our lives. Amen.

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